Grovetown officials plan to celebrate the city's past and present with a week of events punctuated by the annual Grovetown Heritage Festival.
The eighth annual festival will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday near Grovetown City Hall.
The festival will include children's activities, along with arts, crafts and food vendors, said city councilman Sonny McDowell.
Those with unique rides can enter the car show in one of several classes for a chance to win some of the $1,000 in cash prizes and raffles.
The entry fee is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. For information, call Genie Holey at (706) 736-4597.
The day's agenda also features live entertainment, including performances by Angel Burroughs; the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band; the Grovetown Middle School chorus; and the Grovetown High School band, choir and cheerleaders. Open karaoke also will be available.
McDowell said he's invited potential political candidates from state and local races to speak at a "stump meeting" to start at 10:30 a.m.
"It is actually before qualifying, but I got the word out to the Democratic and Republican parties and invited their candidates to be there," McDowell said.
The festival marks the end of Georgia Cities Week, seven days of community events designed to teach residents about their city and all it offers.
"That's the goal of Georgia Cities Week," said Carie Whittaker, an event organizer.
The week of events starts today with a community picnic and pick-up games of baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and kickball from 1-5 p.m. at Goodale Park on Wrightsboro Road.
City Hall will be open 2-5 p.m. Monday for tours and to meet city leaders.
The city's public service equipment will be on display Tuesday.
Trash bags and gloves will be available Wednesday for community beautification day.
Public bingo will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Senior Center.
Friday is Trivia Quiz Night starting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. A trivia question is published on the festival Web site, www. grovetownheritagefestival.com, for those wanting a head start.
A scavenger hunt will be going on all week, Whittaker said. "There is actually one clue (and answer) to be found on the Heritage Festival Web site," Whittaker said.
For information, about Georgia Cities Week activities in Grovetown or the Grovetown Heritage Festival, call City Hall at (706) 863-4576, or visit www.grovetownheritagefestival.com.
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